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Stunningly, a new era at hand

As head football coach at his alma mater, Ruffin McNeill avoided treating the position as though he were Chief Executive Officer of a business. McNeill favored a family model. He was daddy. The players were his sons. The assistant coaches and coordinators were uncles.

McNeill's abrupt dismissal Friday after an injury-plagued 5-7 season was a reminder that big-time college athletics is indeed a business. ... More from Al Myatt...

Pictured: Ruffin McNeill acknowledges the Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium crowd before what would turn out to be the East Carolina alum's final homecoming game as head coach of the Pirates, a 30-17 win over Tulsa on Oct. 17. (W.A. Myatt photo)


Aztecs a low point – and starting point

Al MyattEast Carolina caught San Diego State at the wrong time – following a loss – but since a 79-54 setback to the Aztecs on Nov. 23, the Pirates have shown steady improvement. ... More from Al Myatt...



Pirates start fast, finish strong

GREENVILLE — East Carolina never trailed in a 74-48 nonconference win over Florida Atlantic on Tuesday night. A 3-pointer by Caleb White put the Pirates ahead 5-2 with 16 minutes left in the first half and ECU (4-3) led the rest of the way. ... More...



Ruff & Co. have more bricks to lay

East Carolina’s football season came to a disappointing end on Saturday as the Pirates fell to Cincinnati 19-16. It wasn’t the ending this team, especially the seniors, was looking for. ... More from Brian Bailey...

Audio: The Brian Bailey Show

The Brian Bailey Show airs on Pirate Radio 1250 on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Brian's guests this week were ECU basketball coach Jeff Lebo (left) and Rose football coach David Wojtecki (right): Replay show...



ECU getting 'total package' in Dukes

Mooresville coach Hal Capps didn't hesitate when asked recently if his star defensive lineman Jamil Dukes compared to any players he'd previously coached or competed against. ... More from Sammy Batten...

Thumbnails: ECU's recruiting class of 2016...


Monday Infographic: 'That's Reality'



In the wake of its last-second, season-ending loss to Cincinnati, injuries and close losses sum up East Carolina's 2015 football campaign. Five of the Pirates' seven losses were by 10 points or less. ... Details and data from Greg Vacek...

>>>  AAC SCOREBOARD  >>> ..... ..... Thursday: USF 44, UCF 3 (ESPN) ..... ..... Friday: Houston 52, Navy 31 (ABC) ..... Tulsa 45, Tulane 34 (ESPNU) ..... ..... Saturday: Memphis 63, SMU 0 (ESPNN) ..... Cincinnati 19, ECU 16 ..... Temple 27, UConn 3 (ESPNU) ..... .....


Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium | Att: 40,743 | TV: CBSSN

UC 19, ECU 16 | Photos... | Audio: Ruff Postgame...

Another Senior Day heartbreaker

GREENVILLE — Cincinnati provided some unwanted deja vu as East Carolina was trying to nail down a bowl bid and send its seniors out in style Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. For the second straight year, a play as time expired was the difference maker in a loss on Senior Day for the Pirates. Andrew Gantz was once again a villain for ECU. ... More from Al Myatt...

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Audio: Ruff post-game

ECU coach Ruffin McNeill spoke with reporters after the Pirates' loss to Cincinnati (recorded by Al Myatt; file photo): Select audio clip...
>>>  AAC SCOREBOARD  >>> ..... ..... Thursday: USF 44, UCF 3 (ESPN) ..... ..... Friday: Houston 52, Navy 31 (ABC) ..... Tulsa 45, Tulane 34 (ESPNU) ..... ..... Saturday: Memphis 63, SMU 0 (ESPNN) ..... Cincinnati 19, ECU 16 ..... Temple 27, UConn 3 (ESPNU) ..... .....

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GREENVILLE — Left-handed scoring powered East Carolina past South Carolina-Upstate 82-71 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Friday night.

Sophomore B.J. Tyson led the way with a career-high 26 points. Freshman Kentrell Barkley had 18 points and junior Caleb White rounded out the southpaw assault with 13 points.

The Spartans, guided by former ECU coach Eddie Payne, fell behind 8-0 at the outset but rallied to lead 27-23.

A jumper by Tyson put the Pirates ahead to stay at 28-27 with 4:18 left in the first half.

ECU (5-3) was on top 39-33 at the break.

Upstate (1-9) was within 53-50 with 11 minutes to go before before the Pirates got some cushion with a 10-4 run.

Prince Williams had 11 points and four assists for ECU. Mike Zangari had seven points and six rebounds.

Barkley grabbed nine rebounds as the Pirates held a 33-31 rebounding advantage.

Tyson contributed five rebounds and three assists.

ECU made 27 of 50 field goal attempts for 54 percent and dropped 25 of 32 free throws.

“Not often as a coach do you come out with a W when the other team shoots 13 of 27 from the three," said Pirates coach Jeff Lebo. "So give them credit. They really attacked the zone and made shots against it. I'm really proud of my group to understand our game plan, which was to take the ball to the rim."

ECU had a commanding 48-18 lead on points scored in the paint and led 17-4 on second chance scoring.

A pair of freshmen paced the Spartans' scoring as Mike Cunningham had 18 points and Deion Holmes added 15. Junior Michael Buchanon chipped in with 14 points.

Lebo was pleased with his team's zone defense.

“The thing about the zone too, they make some 3s in it, but you look at the fouls, and we did not foul," Lebo said. "We shot 14 more foul shots than they did. That’s one of the things you kind of give up a little bit in hopes that they shoot the perimeter shot a little bit. A couple of them were open, but some of them were contested. They had a great night. They threw one in backwards.”

The Pirates improved to 4-0 at home before a crowd of 4,464.

ECU takes a three-game winning streak to College of Charleston for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Monday. The Cougars are 4-2 with a 70-58 win over LSU on Nov. 30 going into a matchup at The Citadel (5-3) at 11 a.m. today (ESPN3).

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